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A Night for Nagel – Benefit Concert for Jason Nagel

ft. Adam Levy and Frenemies, John Munson and Chan Poling, John Swardson, Dan Israel, Martin Devaney, Farewell Milwaukee, Little Man, Eleganza!, Niki Becker, and St Dominic's Trio

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

6:00 pm

$7.00 ADVANCE | $10.00 DOOR


Please join us for an evening of music and fundraising for our friend Jason Nagel. In June of this year Jason received a cancer diagnosis. Months of chemo and radiation treatments have left him with significant medical expenses.

Ever since he debuted on Cities 97 in April of 1995, Jason has been one of the strongest and most dependable allies of Minnesota Music. Through his stint at Cities hosting his local music show, to his time at KTWIN/Go 96.3, to the many events he has hosted, countless of musicians have felt his support over the years. Now it’s time to show him some support.

On Wednesday, November 8, a tremendous lineup of Minnesota musicians will gather to raise money for Jason and share some tunes. Acts will be both upstairs and down in the Clown Lounge. Andrea Swensson and Dave Campbell will be MC-ing the upstairs, while Brian Turner (BT) will be MC-ing in the lounge. Brian Oake will be helping with a silent auction and other friends will be on hand to celebrate our friend and his fight. Jason will be returning to his most recent radio gig at Pirate Radio Key West later in the year, so this will be the chance to send him off with a soundtrack from his time here.


Adam Levy is regarded by many to be one of the great American songwriters of his era. His newest solo endeavor might be his best and most original work to date. Levy is probably best known for his nearly 20 years of work as lead singer-songwriter for The Honeydogs. Levy’s songwriting has always been musically expansive, exploring styles as diverse as American roots music, psychedelia, soul, world, jazz, and classical music.


Twin Cities musicians and raconteurs Chan Poling (The Suburbs) and John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) are 2/3rds of The New Standards, a trio formed in 2005 to play and sing their favorite songs in a stripped-down, acoustic setting that also includes Steve Roehm (Billygoat, Electropolis). In addition to the music, John and Chan are top notch banterers who like to think (and audiences tend to agree) that they are very funny.


The guy and his guitar (and sometimes his backing band) has been done to death, but every so often something new comes along and demands that people take notice. John Swardson and Get Gone are the latest band in this vein to rear their bearded, denim-jacketed selves, and have quietly started garnering accolades. Swardson and company have played only a handful of live shows in the past couple of years due to multiple lineup changes, but this stellar dream of a triple bill should finally start the ball rolling the right direction.


“If you don’t wanna be with me, you don’t gotta be with me,” Twin Citian Dan Israel sings plaintively on his latest release Dan, his 13th studio album of original material. It’s the sound of someone finally letting go, after years of holding on to a hope that is quite simply never going to materialize. It’s the sound of acceptance, and it’s not all “hang-your-head” stuff either – there is liberation here, despite the tears.


Martin Devaney has always embraced his local identity, literally dubbed the Mayor of St. Paul by friends and compatriots in the music scene. A classically trained musician with a jazz sax background, the accomplished singer-songwriter got his start playing with revered hip-hop ensemble Heiruspecs before embarking on a solo career. After self-releasing an EP in 2001, Martin followed with four full-length albums, each garnering more praise and attention from press and fans.


Minneapolis band Farewell Milwaukee released their fourth full-length album, FM, on September 9, 2016. FM is the product of successfully achieving the balance of furthering their artistic careers with a family life. “[The album] has the first song ever written about my daughter, called ‘Hurt No More,’” says front man Ben Lubeck. “I texted my wife a few weeks ago after revisiting the album saying that this was the record I wanted my daughter to remember me by. Musically and lyrically.”


Rock band Little Man, who’s fronted by Chris Perricelli, continues to be a strong live act and an amazingly diverse recording artist of the Twin Cities. Classic Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock – think George Harrison meets Bowie meets Jack White.


Eleganza!, formed by Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist/vocalist for the Estrus Records band, The Midnight Evils and the celebrated Chooglin’ (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records), is a 3-guitar ROCK AND ROLL attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin’ bandmate, Jeff Johnson, and ex-Ol’ Yeller’s Greg McAloon. Also on board is the legendary Tony Zaccardi of Romantica & Kruddler on bass, and his longtime partner in crime Tim Baumgart (Wizards Are Real/Big Ditch Road/Kruddler) on drums and August Varvig on harmonica.


Niki Becker is a garage pop folk-like singer/songwriter. Becker and her band fill her songs with intricate harmonies, textured guitars and powerful drums that color her playful, yet honest lyrics and haunting vocals. Born and raised in rural Minnesota and inspired by the country music of her childhood and the rock music of her teen years, she took these influences to heart when she began writing her own songs. Taking the stage for the first time in 2010, she quickly began booking her own shows and recording her debut album Good, released in October 2010.


Since forming in 2002, St Dominic’s Trio has performed hundreds of shows, telling nearly half a dozen jokes in the process. The band has a weekly gig at Nye’s in Minneapolis on Tuesday nights, and several people have noticed that drummer Dave Haugen looks a bit like Gary Busey, and they confess that it’s a big reason why they keep coming back. An offshoot of the Minneapolis Van Morrison cover band The Belfast Cowboys , St Dominic’s Trio’s CD Switchfeatures the full horn section of Belfast Cowboys, and was produced by Rich Mattson.